After reading some stuff on the internet and viewing some samples I decided to give B&W push processing a go.
Most of the articles I read used Kodak Tri-x so that is what I used to.
Using the Massive Dev chart app on my iphone http://www.digitaltruth.com/ I determined that I needed to develop for 10 minutes in ilfotec ddx 1+4 if I pushed the film from 400 to 800 which I thought was a good starting point just incase pushing it any faster may result in a ruined negative.
The weather today here in the South Wales valleys was pretty poor, dark and wet so it needed at least 800 iso.
I shot most of the roll outside with pretty random subjects, just looking for something with detail and contrast and finished the roll indoors using just lamplight.
The results were great, the grain was almost identical to Tri-x shot at its native speed. To be honest if you didn’t know that I pushed the film I could have told people they were at 400iso.
I really like the results I am getting using ilfotec ddx it seems to give a really good balance between sharpness/contrast and minimal grain.
Just for the record all these shots were taken using my Nikon F90x and nikkor 50mm f1.8.
I will try pushing it to 1600 or 3200 next time as I like grain in my images and 800 is definitely not a problem for the film/dev combination.
I took my 1st roll of film to Boots today for their 1hour service just to see the test results from my new Nikon FM2n.
I shot various subjects just to get used to using a fully manual camera on Kodak Ultramax 400 film. The portraits were shot using the Nikkor 85mm f1.8 and the others with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8.
I wasn’t very impressed with printing or the scans from Boots but I was very pleased with the focus and exposure considering I am used to Aperture priority and Autofocus.
I can’t wait to get some Fuji Professional PRO 400H and some Kodak Professional Portra 400 and shoot loads more stuff but get it processed by a decent lab.
The camera is a real pleasure to use and I am so pleased with the results, there is such a difference between using Film to shooting Digital it slows me down and makes me think about the photograph instead of just snapping away and picking the best in post production.